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Colorado, Independence Day, Outdoors, and Red Rocks

July 15, 2013

Coming in from the airport the first thing you see downtown is the stadium. Good thing since that is where I was headed.
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Cheap seats turned out to be a perfect spot on a beautiful summer afternoon to see the Rockies whip the Dodgers. Was pretty cool that I saw the Dodgers at the Padres the week before in San Diego.
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After the game they cleared the outfield seating and brought everyone on the field for the fireworks display.
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We visited Idaho Spring to do some rafting but I will put up the rafting photos and video separately as I learn how to post some more sizable files from the GoPro.

After we went rafting we hit a cool pizza place for lunch and I had to run down the street to the Tommy Knocker Brewery since I did not want to miss it while I was there.
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After lunch we headed to St Mary’s Glacier, a beautiful local hike. Short and steep was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. Below are Libby and Connie trying there best high school graduation photo pose.
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After a great dinner that evening in the Highlands neighborhood at Root Down, we got a good nights rest before the next days hiking and brewery visit. Below are some shots heading up the Gem Lake Trail, leading off with me goofing with sister of course.
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After the beautiful hikes in the Rocky Mountain National park. I dragged everyone on the scenic drive from Estes Park to Fort Collins to visit the New Belgium Brewing Company. I have to credit Fat Tire Ale with really starting me on my craft beer kick so many years ago. Despite not getting to enjoy any beers since I was driving the place was such fun. We wrote post cards did some shopping and I did the brief self guided tour.
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My fancy Fat Tire bike seems far less unique now. I did go ahead and pick up a bell for it to make it that much more authentic.
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Just some people hula hooping outside since that of course is what I think of when I think brewery.

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Before heading to drop most everyone off at the airport we made a brief stop in Golden for ice cream and a walk through the quaint old town and down by the creek that feeds the Coors Brewing Company.
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The next day after my running with junkies experience we visited Red Rocks which is by far the most spectacular natural music venue I have ever seen.

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The last evening was capped off with a show at Red Rock. Went on a pretty feminine “man date” with Joe to see Josh Groban and the Denver Symphony which despite being not great for a guys night was a pretty amazing show.
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Our Saturday night on the town in Denver was pretty amazing and it was good to spend it with good friends. Thanks Denver!

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